Trump Suggests Congress Investigate Barack Obama’s Book and Netflix Deals


President Donald Trump started Monday morning by complaining that Congress is not investigating the post-presidency business dealings of Barack Obama.

Trump opened by falsely claiming that the House Judiciary Committee has “given up on the Mueller Report,” seemingly ignoring the fact that House Judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler announced just last week an active Congressional investigation based in part on details emerged from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

But it was not enough to entirely dismiss a 400+ page report in 140 characters. President Trump then aimed to deflect by suggesting the House investigate the “Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal,” and “all the deals made by Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports.”

Trump tweeted:

The use of government to investigate political opponents without credible evidence is a hallmark of an authoritarian leader. Is Trump seriously asking Congress to investigate Obama’s book deal or his production deal with Netflix? He and his supporters would likely say that his comments are only hyperbolic jokes used to expose what they see as an unfair investigation led by Mueller.

But joking about investigating political opponents…isn’t funny? Also, a very dangerous trend? That’s what Trump critics would quite reasonably say, and they would not be wrong.

And the beat goes on…

UPDATE: Trump was not done…  harranging? He later tweeted:


This post has been updated to more accurately explain Trump’s complaint his predecessor is not being investigated.

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Colby Hall is the Founding Editor of He is also a Peabody Award-winning television producer of non-fiction narrative programming as well as a terrific dancer and preparer of grilled meats.